Re: L&N 51098 (was NRC Banana Reefer)

Tony Thompson

David Thompson wrote:

It was somewhat common for various roads to buy or build truss-rod box cars in the mid-late Teens after receiving cars with full steel underframes or steel body frames earlier, presumably due to the high cost and low availability of steel at the time. Composite hoppers and gondolas enjoyed a similar revival.
The main reason, of course, was World War I. Many roads said so explicitly, in comments that can be found in_Railway Age_ and other industry publications.

Tony Thompson

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